Dalat is a small, authentic city located in Central Vietnam. Surrounded by mountains, waterfalls and beautiful scenery, Dalat is a great place to base yourself if you enjoy getting active and exploring. With slightly lower temperatures due  to higher altitude, Dalat is a nice break from the humidity and heat of the coastal towns. If you’re visiting Dalat purely for activity and waterfalls, there’s not a great deal to do in Dalat town, so 2 days is more than enough.

Things to do

Canyoning at Datanya Falls, located just 7km from Dalat. There are plenty of your operators that offer day trips out to the waterfalls. Canyoning trips involve hiking through the jungle, abseiling down dry rocks and waterfalls, cliff jumping and swimming. We recommend Highland Holiday Tours, a reputable tour company with fantastic staff, high levels of safety and affordable prices.

Mountain biking through the hills and jungles. You can hire a guide, rent bikes or organise it through a tour operator.

Enjoy a stroll around the night markets where you’ll find fruits, meat, jewellery and winter clothing.


Sit by the Lake for a spot of lunch or a few drinks at dusk. Be wary that temperatures can drop to around 15/16 degrees Celsius in the evenings, so if you’re lakeside you may want to wrap up.



There is plenty of accommodation around Dalat, and it’s a fairly small place anyway so you should find it easy to remain fairly central. If you use the Lake as your marker, find somewhere located on one of the roads heading away from the lake. There are few luxurious resorts, however you will easily find a decent hostel or hotel that’s within your budget.


  1. March 1, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    Together with a friend I did a guided mountain bike tour in Dalat, which was a wonderful experience. The lake and the market were great places to visit, and the hills surrounding the area were breathtaking, but as for the rest I was a bit disappointed by what they call: France in South-East Asia.

    • Go Live Explore
      March 1, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      Yeah the forests and mountains are great places to explore and the lake is lovely too, but it is a bit of a sleepy town. Perfect for a few days of activities though 🙂

      • March 1, 2015 / 8:22 pm

        This is true! I alsI noticed that this town wasn’t really used to tourists. At times we felt a bit ‘threatened’ by the people there, as they were so fascinated by us that they constantly wanted to touch us (especially our hair: two blonde girls), and take pics with us. It was something to get used to 😉

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